DIG Hayat appointment case: AG given more time to file comments

KARACHI: Sindh High Court SHC on Thursday allowed provincial law officer more time to file comments on behalf of chief secretary, provincial police chief and DIG Shahid Hayat on a petition of five police officers challenging the appointment of DIG Hayat as city police chief.

A division bench of SHC headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar adjourned the hearing of the case by November 07, after Advocate General of Sindh Khalid Javeed Khan requested the court for more time to submit comments.

The petitioners DIG-Training Allah Dino Khawaja, Additional IGR&D Bashir Memon, DIG Special Branch Sanaullah Abbasi, DIGT&T Azhar Rashid, and DIGCID Dr Ameer Ahmed Shaikh — all in BPS21, approached the court seeking court directives to authorities concerned for the removal of DIG Hayat from the office of the Additional Inspector General of Police, Karachi.

They submitted that a junior officer was posted as Addl IG, Karachi Range in his own pay and scale despite the availability of many senior, competent and experienced officers of grade21 and grade20 in sheer violation of police rules and judgements of the superior courts.

The petitioners represented by Barrister Zamir Ghummro, told the two-judge bench that DIG Hayat was also a grade20 officer and was at serial number 89 in the seniority list as he was promoted only two years ago.

They said that the junior DIG had not yet qualified the staff college course, a mandatory requirement for promotion to grade21, still he was posted against a grade21 post.

They submitted that DIG Hayat was not even eligible for holding the acting charge of the position of grade 21 as he did not pass the required and mandatory training/course for the post.

They requested the court to order the suspension of the notification issued for the appointment of DIG Hayat till final disposal of the petition.